Ming River Baijiu

Ming River

Ming River is a new brand – but if you are tangentially aware of baijiu you’ve seen it everywhere in the US. Their team has done a great job with PR and education. They’re hustling it into great bars around the country, and they’re apparently behind most of the ‘Is Baijiu the Next Big Thing’ […]

Snowbridge Layered Baijiu

Snowbridge – Layered Aroma

Snowbridge is a new baijiu brand ramping up here in the US. (Exciting!) They select and import baijiu from small producers in China, and bottled under the Snowbridge name. Their first available offering is this, ‘No. 5 Layered Aroma’, produced by Golden Valley Distillery in Luzhou, Sichuan. Layered Aroma – 兼香 we learn – is […]

Gu Jing Gong Baijiu

Gu Jing Gong Baijiu

Gu Jing Gong is one of the BIG baijiu brands in China – recent reports say it’s the tenth most valuable spirit brand globally, worth about 2.3 BILLION dollars. We’ve also reviewed this paper-wrapped bottle as well. This is a medium-shelf variety,  It’s got a higher-than-normal percent of wheat in its grain mix, and it […]

Du Kang Jiu Baijiu

Du Kang Jiu Baijiu – Mian Rou

Du Kang is a big distiller, but this is the first of their product line we’ve tried. It’s good! It’s got a very mild nose: something like cantaloupe on the first taste, musty pepper on the main palate. It’s an extremely mild alcohol burn – not too much, and just enough to keep you aware […]

Wuliangye Jianzhuang

This is a discount offering from Wuliangye – it’s a little rough around the edges, but has a nice complicated flavor profile.  To our palate, this is less wheatey than the other Wuliangyes that we’ve tried!  It’s got a light burn, a fairly mild funkiness, and a prominent sweetness that starts out like a caramel […]

Luzhou Laojiao Te Chu Chiew

Te Chu Chiew (‘特曲’) is another delicious offering from Luzhou Laojiao, available in the US market. The marketing copy for this product always mentions its designation as ‘one of the four famous strong aroma liquors,’ which I don’t know exactly how to interpret. But this is a great example of the strong aroma baijiu category. […]

Lian Zhou Gong Jiu “Dade”

Lian Zhou Gong Jiu has been in business since 1944 in Hebei, and they are just starting to export to the west.  In fact, the exporter kindly sent us a sample to review, but they didn’t yet have final bottle design samples – thus the mockup versions shown here.  The ‘Dade’ product (can this be […]

Luzhou Laojiao Bainian

The Luzhou Laojiao Bainian is so named: bai nian = 百年 = century or 100 years. Hold your horses, though – this isn’t a product that’s been aged for one hundred years. But it has been procesed through a pit at Luzhou that’s been in operation for 100 years, so there’s a nice buildup of […]

Xifeng Jiu

Peppery! Actually quite delicious despite the low end bottling. Horsey smell but no detectable barnyard taste. Warm but not fiery. There’s a sharp, greenish flavor here – this is pretty delightful. Interestingly, this is neither Strong nor Light aroma, but ‘Phoenix Aroma’ – one of the smaller subcategories. The baijiu is fermented in mud pits, […]

Jiannan Laojiao Baijiu

Jiannan Laojiao

This is a tiny 100mL bottle of Jiannan Laojiao; presumably related to Jian Nan Chun Chiew (which is delicious). Note: this is a discontinued product, and if you see it in stores, it’s the tail end of this stock. Grab it if you can! It’s another strong aroma, Sichuan-style baijiu, and it’s tasty: layered, with […]